Brand: Fleer Flair
Card number: 339
Throughout the last twenty years or so, there have been many different attempts to make baseball cards more like art and less like a child's toy. Some sets have been quite successful (Upper Deck Masterpieces springs to mind immediately) while others much less so (Topps Gallery). And then, there are the sets that kind-of, sort-of pull it off. For me, Fleer Flair is a line that falls right in the midle. There are certain aspects of the card design that are quite nice, and yet, as a whole it doesn't entirely work.
First, the good: I like the action shot on the front of the card and I like the back (given that you have to accept Fleer's standard five or six years of statistics rather than full career). I also like the photo on the back of the card - especially since it differs from either photo on the front.
As for the bad: I really don't like the wedding invitation looking letters for the player's name. I don't like how difficult it is to read the player and team name on the front, and in a similar way, how small and difficult to read the card number is on the back. I'm also not much of a fan of the mug shot photo that Fleer used for Larkin, though that's probably much more personal preference than anything else!
All told, despite the fact that the card has a number of flaws, it's still a pretty solid set. If I had a lot of money and free time (and storage space), I could see myself tracking down this Flair set (and some of the other years as well).
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